The Ghost in the Machine

Our reckless destruction of the marine ecosystem will cost humanity a major food source, writes Mahitha Owk If overfishing weren’t problem enough for the health of the Earth’s marine life, human thoughtlessness has created another, potentially more lethal one: ‘ghost fishing’. Discarded fishing nets and tackle, which take decades to degrade, continue to trap and […]

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Building Resilient Cities

The Indian monsoon has become synonymous with flooding and disaster. Nature’s unpredictability and uncontrolled urbanization have combined to place around 2.6 million lives at risk and potentially cause hundreds of crores worth of property every year. Various parts of Bihar, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Mumbai, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Telangana experienced severe flooding due to the […]

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How Much is Too Much?

Sexual violence against women in film is a reflection of reality but is increasingly becoming a cause for concern. The finale episode of the much-awaited Amazon Prime series Mirzapur scheduled for release this month shows a wheelchair-bound man forcing his daughter-in-law at gunpoint to sexually gratify another man.  Outside the constraints of box-office collections and […]

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Aviation in a Tailspin

The Covid-19 pandemic is not only taking lives but jobs too. The travel and hospitality industries have borne most of the brunt and seem the hardest hit. With most of the world’s fleet of airliners parked and mothballed, airlines both national and international are struggling to sustain themselves. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) claims this has been the worst year for the airline industry ever.  Crisil, a rating agency, predicts an annual loss of Rs. 1.1-1.3 lakh crores (trillion) for India’s domestic airline Industry.    […]

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A Haunting Tale of Grief and Acceptance

Mike Flanagan’s retelling of Henry James’ novella The Turn of the Screw in new series for Netflix, The Haunting of Bly Manor, adds more depth to the characters as a tragic story of love unfolds.  “It’s me. It’s you. It’s us.” These words connect the characters and themes of the Bly Manor across time and space. We […]

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“Any individual can be a farmer, not a company”

Protesting farmers have shunned political parties to ensure their platform includes the entire farming community. Nothing better underscores that principle than the support of the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, the farmers’ wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the parent body of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party. BKS Punjab chapter vice president Harjeet Singh spoke to The Observer’s […]

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How Green are Electric Vehicles?

No very, when you consider the source of their power and their hazardous components, reports Jaskiran Singh The prospects of the electric vehicles’ (EV) market look very rosy right now. Mumbai-based investment-bank Avendus estimates that India’s EV market could be valued at Rs. 50,000 crores by 2025. And why shouldn’t it? The perils of using […]

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